24
Mar

MacDonald Mines Signs Exploration Agreement with Webequie First Nation; Commences Drilling in Ring of Fire, James Bay Lowlands

Toronto - MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:BMK) ("MacDonald Mines” or the "Company") is pleased to announce it has completed the signing of an exploration agreement with the Webequie First Nation ("WFN") and commenced its 2010 exploration program in the Ring of Fire, James Bay Lowlands.

Five Year Exploration Agreement with Webequie First Nation

Richard Schler, the COO & CFO of MacDonald Mines along with key members of the management team responsible for exploration, operations and business development met with Chief Wabasse, council and the community on March 19, 2010 in Webequie.

A presentation outlining the Company’s operating principles and exploration plans was given to the community in a town hall type meeting. The meeting concluded with the signing of an exploration agreement which replaced the existing agreement signed in December 2007, followed by a community luncheon. MacDonald Mines has been actively involved with the WFN since 2004 and looks forward to continuing the close working relationship it has established with the WFN. The agreement was modeled after the recent agreement signed between WFN and Tribute Minerals Inc.

Kirk McKinnon, President & CEO commented, “ We would like to thank the Chief, council and the community for once again inviting us to meet with them in Webequie. The signing of this agreement is an indication of the continued mutual respect and trust between MacDonald Mines and the people of the WFN and demonstrates the Company’s continued commitment in the region.”

Details and terms of the agreement will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Targeting Chromite on Big Mac and Hornby Properties

Earlier this month, the Company conducted a gravity survey for chromite targets on its Hornby Property (jointly owned with Temex Resources) and it’s 100%-owned Big Mac Property.  Based upon the review of its land holdings and historic data, MacDonald Mines has begun a drill program concentrating on the chromite potential of both these properties.  The drill program will focus on localized gravity anomalies in close proximity to magnetic highs.  The budgeted drill program on the Big Mac and Hornby Properties will be approximately 1,200 metres and 1,600 metres respectively. 

Targeting Nickel and VMS on McNugget Property

MacDonald Mine’s McNugget Property has been interpreted to host nickel sulphide (Ni-Cu-PGM) and VMS (Cu-Zn-Ag) targets of significance.  The targets within the property have been prioritized (geological and geophysical evaluations) and a drill program on the McNugget Property will follow immediately after the current program on Big Mac and Hornby.  The drill program is budgeted for approximately 4,400 metres of drilling including a borehole geophysical survey of all diamond drill holes (“DDHs).

A drill program was completed on MacDonald Mines Exploration’s Big Mac West Property between Sept 20th and October 8th, 2009. A total of 1,081.6 metres of BTW sized drilling was completed in eight drill holes ranging from 82.3 metres to 235.2 metres in depth. While five of the holes intersected sulphide mineralization, these intersections are not interpreted to be sufficient to explain the observed geophysical response, and therefore it is not believed that these holes intersected the target(s) of interest.   The remaining three holes intersected varying amounts of what is believed to be ferric chromite mineralization - “brown magnetite”.   These intersections will be re-analyzed using a chromium specific procedure along with an analysis for PGM concentrations.

Quentin Yarie, P.Geo., is the qualified person in regard to the technical data contained within this news release and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Company’s exploration programs.

About MacDonald Mines Exploration Inc.

MacDonald Mines is a mineral exploration company with an established history in the exploration of gold and base metals. MacDonald has set upon a strategic direction of exploration in the Canadian Northlands, with particular focus on the “Ring of Fire” in James Bay, Ontario, its joint-venture with Virginia Mines in Quebec and now the LaRonge area in Saskatchewan.
More detailed information is available on the website at www.macdonaldmines.com.

For more information, please contact

Macdonald Mines Exploration Ltd.
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Brent Nykoliation
Vice President, Business Development 

Kirk McKinnon, President & CEO

Richard Schler - Chief Operating Officer & CFO

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